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F-35 pilot training underway

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Travis Byrom, Lockheed Martin instructor pilot, briefs students in the first F-35 Lightning II training course before the start of class May 5 at Luke Air Force Base. The students are Lt. Col. Sean Holahan, and Maj. Eric Puels, former F-16 Fighting Falcon instructors, Capt. Michael Hobson and Capt. Kyle Babbitt, former…

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Wild Weasels reunite

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS The Wild Weasels gather for a group photo during their reunion May 1 at Luke Air Force Base. The Wild Weasels were formed during the early days of the Vietnam War. Their mission was to seek out and engage surface-to-air missile sites. Luke Air Force Base hosted the 81st Fighter Squadron Wild…

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LRS Airmen undertake unusual engine repair

Courtesy Photo Staff Sgt. Kyle Saunders, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance journeyman, works on a destroyed valve inside the engine of a 2006 Ford Bobtail at Luke Air Force Base. The type of maintenance on this vehicle is considered unique because the cab was lifted off the frame to access the parts requiring repair….

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First female F-35 pilot begins training

Courtesy photo Lt. Col. Christine Mau, the 33rd Operations Group deputy commander, puts on her helmet before taking her first flight in the F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter May 5 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Mau, who previously flew F-15E Strike Eagles, made history as the first female F-35 pilot in the program….

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May: Asthma Awareness Month – Controlling symptoms important to quality of life

World Asthma Day was May 5. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, states that Asthma is one of the most common lifelong diseases.


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Airmen serve to honor fallen

Posted  October 25, 2013

It’s silent except for the clicks resonating from the shoes of six honor guardsmen coming toward the funeral party. In unison they stop, come to attention and march forward to begin the honors for a fallen serviceman.

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  October 25, 2013

“I took a hard look at what’s smart and what’s stupid. I did see that it’s better to be smart than stupid, just as light is better than darkness (paraphrased).” ~King Solomon There was once a merchant who wished to sell fish heads to a customer and told him that fish heads are great brain…

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Fly Over: ‘Captain Phillips’, and ‘Machete Kills’

Posted  October 25, 2013

‘Captain Phillips’ Remember when Tom Hanks could act? Well, thanks to his most recent effort, it appears he’s back. “Captain Phillips” is the retelling of the true-life events of a 2009 Somali hijacking of the Maersk Alabama cargo ship off the Somali coast. The recent history captured the public’s attention for the duration of Phillips’…

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Close by Tolmachoff Farms gears up for Halloween

Posted  October 25, 2013

There are many places designed for children to have a good time while spending their parent’s money. Likewise, there are many places for parents to have a good time while spending their money.

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Tips to keep you safe when using apps

Posted  October 25, 2013

Before downloading, installing, or using an application, take a moment to review the “About the Developer” section. This will help the user get an idea about other apps that the specific developer has previously published. If available, visit the developer’s website and assess its content for things like history, professional appearance, and so on. Apps…

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Street Beat – October 25, 2013

Posted  October 25, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 11 through 18. Tickets Security forces issued citations for 10 moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Oct. 12: Security forces responded to a report of a major vehicle accident at the intersection of Glendale Avenue and Litchfield Road. There were no injuries. Glendale police…

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Sports Shorts – October 25, 2013

Posted  October 25, 2013

Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Asalin, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, demonstrates good form and grip preparation for a dead lift at the 56th Force Support Squadron Combat Fitness Center. Asalin won the female most weight combined event lifting 1,260 pounds. T-bolts power push to limits Story and photo by Airman 1st Class PEDRO…

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At ‘tip of spear,’ passion keeps pilots sharp

Posted  October 18, 2013

Courtesy photo Lt. Col. Shamsher Mann, 62nd Fighter Squadron commander, flies an F-16 Fighting Falcon over the Gulf of Mexico. Mann deployed to Iraq in 2001 and 2003. It’s a dark night over Baghdad. Storm clouds rumble with the sound of thunder. In poor weather, Air Force pilots move in to escort a navy strike…

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Mentoring without mentoring

Posted  October 18, 2013

It seems that about every other week, there is a new article about leadership in the Thunderbolt expressing myriad theories and pet practices that the author has found successful to use. Frankly, I believe that leadership is much simpler than we in the military make it out to be at times. I do not have…

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Airman trains for core-value experiences

Posted  October 18, 2013

It was 3:30 a.m. and the temperature outside my armored truck was zero degrees Fahrenheit and the snow was coming down hard. I watched a figure on my thermal imager walk across the Polish-controlled forward operating base Ghazni, Afghanistan, and I thought to myself, “Who would be crazy enough to be out for a stroll…

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